Tested by DUNCAN CHARMAN
£2.18 for 200 gr
A three-month matured Greek cheese made from goats and sheep’s milk. Almost white in appearance and leaking a milky white juice. More pliable than at first thought and can be cut into pieces and hair-rigged, but can only be fished at close quarters. The texture does allow it to be made into a paste but the addition of breadcrumbs would help firm it up. It has a fresh but very salty taste that would appeal to most species. A very visible bait too.
£1.91 for 150 gr
This soft cheese processed from full fat pasteurised milk is available with two additions, Garlic and Herbs or Black Pepper – great fish attractors. Very pale in colour with speckles of green created from the herbs it has a rich, sweet flavour with a hint of acidity. Creates almost the perfect paste which can be moulded around a paste cage but needs a little breadcrumb added to firm up to prolong its life. It’s firm enough to be placed directly on the hook but will not withstand a long cast.
£2.50 for 250 gr
This creamy hard cheese has a distinctive deep orange colour and although it has a flaky nature it’s still firm enough to be carefully cut and mounted on a hair. It has a relatively high fat content which allows you to mould it into a nice paste ball. It has a delicate, sweet, full flavour which leaves a serious aftertaste. Like cheddar, younger, cheaper cheeses are often smoother and firmer making them more versatile for bait.
Well worth a look for most cheese eaters.
£1.88 for 150 gr
This blue cheese is a deep orange colour, which is created by the natural colour Annatto. It’s seriously strong having a huge amount of blue moulded veins. It’s a hard cheese with a sticky feel created by the ageing mould, and it’s slightly crumbly. However, it’s firm enough for pieces to be hair-rigged. It can also be easily moulded into a paste and has a tangy, spicy yet peppery flavour, which can only be great to entice fish, especially barbel. Mixed with cheddar it creates the ultimate paste.
81p for 125 gr
An Austrian processed cheese that comes in a sausage shaped package. With a rubbery texture and pale, creamy appearance. It has a very high fat content, and when moulded creates a very good paste. It has a rich, woody taste and is versatile as it can easily be cut into small shapes for hair rigging or used as a single larger bait. It can also be fished directly on the hook, and will resist a short cast.
£1.80 for 215 gr
Matured for 12 weeks this semi-hard cheese has a creamy yellow appearance with an abundance of narrow blue veins running throughout. It has a really light, digestible tangy, rich taste with a hint of a piquant aftertaste. It’s crumbly, yet firm enough to cut into larger pieces and hair-rigged but it will not withstand a firm cast. When it comes to creating a paste it’s fat content allows it to be easily moulded. A great all-round species catcher.
£1.95 for 200 gr
This extra-matured cheddar has a spongy, pliable texture and is creamy yellow in appearance. It has a very strong taste, which set the taste buds off immediately. It’s very versatile as it can be placed directly onto the hook, hair-rigged or moulded effortlessly into a firm paste. Many properly cured cheddar cheeses are crumbly so younger smoother cheddars are often better. Mixed with a good quality blue it creates the ultimate paste.
£2.08 for 260 gr
This cheese does exactly what is says on the package – bites back. A deep orange and yellow colour, it also includes red and green hot pepper pieces to create a tangy powerful taste, great for carp and barbel. Being tough to cut indicates it hasn’t been cured properly but this creates a very versatile bait as it can be cut into very small pieces allowing more than one piece to be hair-rigged as well as being easily moulded into a paste. A fantastic bait for all cheese eaters, including chub.
NOTE: All products tested August 2010. All prices correct at the time of going to Press. Angler’s Mail do not take responsibility for price or product changes or current availability.